My wife and I spent a long weekend in NYC and Morristown NJ in early June. The weekend was filled with great food (employees only, shake shack, etc), a few walks through central park, a stop a Bemelman's Bar to see his Madeline paintings, and a visit to the Neue Museum where we had a chance to see the Gustav Klimt and Adele Bloch-Bauer: Woman in Gold exhibit. If you are in New York this summer visit the gallery. The show is open through September 7th.
Fun aside, the trip included stops to see two of my paintings, one in Harlem and another, a recent commission, in Morristown, NJ. The Morristown painting was delivered the day before our arrival, just in time for me to help my newest patrons hang the work.
Our base camp, as it always is when we visit NYC, was in Harlem on the east side of Morningside Park. Liz and Jim Connors, our gracious hosts, have one of my paintings and this visit was the first opportunity I had to see the work since it was packaged and shipped to Harlem. That was 5 years ago!
Excitement took over when I entered the living room where the painting hangs above the couch. Often when a painting leaves the studio my opinion of it is uncertain. A result of many hours of working on the image and assessing its characteristics. Years apart give it a fresh vibrancy, as if seeing it for the first time. Any uncertainty that lingered is gone.
Its a deep penetrating blue painting full of nuance and expression.
On the Friday of our trip we ventured out to Morristown, NJ via Penn Station. After a 45 minute ride we departed the train at Convent Station where we were greeted by my good friend and patron Will Freshwater. Will and his partner Stephen Cremen moved to NJ in the last few years and have been putting the finishing touches on their house. Along time admirer of my Obstruction of Clarity painting, Will asked if I would revisit the theme and paint a variation of the work. Excited to revisit the theme I agreed and completed Obstruction of Clarity No. 2 in early May, 2015. That Friday evening there was much conversation regarding the location that the painting should assume. These types of considerations require a certain amount of wine and open discussion. While wine is a great facilitator for discussion and the contemplation of a painting's place in the house, it is not a helpful accompaniment to hanging the work. Hanging the painting had to wait until the morning.
With the arrival of Saturday, and fresh eyes to affirm the previous nights decision, Will and I doubled checked each location previously discussed. The final resting place would be to the right of the fireplace; the original space where Will intended to place the painting and for which the size was determined. I look forward to seeing Obstruction of Clarity No. 2 with fresh eyes and renewed excitement. Enjoy Will and Steven! Thank you for your support.